Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort announced that its new Harry Potter-based amusement park coaster, “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure,” opens at the Florida park on June 13.
Even before Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s a big year for FL theme parks with new rides making their debut at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Legoland and Universal parks.
Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek revealed names of two rides under construction in new Star Wars lands. Smugglers Run is set aboard Millennium Falcon, and Rise of the Resistance takes place on a Star Destroyer.
Epcot, approaching its 40th anniversary, is getting a replacement show for IllumiNations, a “story-telling” Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, Beauty and the Beast singalong and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Disney World’s line-up of cranes and bulldozers means new attractions are being built: Tron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, Minnie and Mickey’s Runaway Railway, Star Wars hotel, Galaxy’s Edge, Skyliner and more.
Universal Orlando is dealing in a lot of mystery: What will replace Terminator 2? What will the new Nintendo attractions be and where will they go? And is Universal building a fourth park on land it recently acquired?
Some passengers aboard Spirit Airlines Flight 779 were sickened by an odor likened to “dirty socks.” The flight from New York’s LaGuardia to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was diverted to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Visitors to Cedar Key, an island three miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast, aren’t coming for crowded beaches, seaside golf resorts, chain hotels or a nonstop pace. They are coming for an all-but-forgotten Florida.
Florida’s theme parks are building a spate of rides for younger children: Sesame Street at SeaWorld, Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World, new rides and a virtual reality roller coaster at Legoland and Nintendo attractions at Universal Orlando.
The new Star Wars land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be in a settlement on the planet Batuu called Black Spire Outpost. The land, called Galaxy's Edge, will open in late fall 2019 in Orlando and feature a ride on the Millennium Falcon.
New restaurants — including one with a cabaret — have opened at Disney Springs, as has a Star Wars-themed virtual reality experience. Still to come are more restaurants, a new Cirque du Soleil show and the NBA Experience.